How to gradually become a vegetarian How to gradually become a vegetarian

How to gradually become a vegetarian

When you think of changing your eating habits, it is the norm to try to do it overnight – and that is why most of us fail. These tips will help you gradually become a vegetarian. 

Becoming a vegetarian does not happen from one day to the other – it didn't work like that for me, at least. And while I mostly follow a meat-free diet, I once in a while allow myself to eat some foods that are not plant-based, and that is ok too.

How to gradually become a vegetarian

How to gradually become a vegetarian

My journey toward a plant-based diet started when I was diagnosed with a kidney condition, and I was told to reduce my daily protein intake, especially, if it was not plant-based. I was only allowed to eat about 40 grams of protein a day and I used them up on meat, honestly, I was hungry so I slowly started incorporating veggies – even those that I thought I didn't like! This is what worked for me:

1. Mix animal protein with veggies

As 40 grams of protein is about the size of a meatball, making a mini hamburger for me wasn't enough. I started to add veggies to the mixture, mushrooms, onions, carrots, or any other veggie I had at home, even lentils. Eventually, I replaced all the meat with vegetables and made my own veggie burgers.

2. Make soups

Another thing I became super fond of was making vegetable soups, cauliflower, zucchinis, carrots, broccoli, squash or pumpkin, you name it! So I would start my meal with soup and didn't feel the need for meat.

3. Start your meal with salads

I made a point of eating a salad before eating anything else, so when the protein time came alone, I didn't need to eat that much. 

4. Cook your own meals and be creative!

Vegetables are easy to cook and they are super quick to prepare. Be creative, make your own recipes and allow yourself to eat new veggies every day.

The bottom line

Vegetables are easy to cook and they are super quick to prepare. 

When I started including so many vegetables in my diet, eventually it was natural to quit meat. It wasn't difficult, I didn't even realize it! It took me about a year to get used to it, but I feel much healthier on a plant-based diet!

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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